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UNICEF Ukraine and Luhansk region will work together towards safe access of children to education

Sievierodonetsk, Ukraine 18 August 2016 – United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Ukraine and the Luhansk Region State Administration signed a Memorandum of Understanding that defines collaboration in giving children safe access to education. This includes improvement of the education infrastructure, creating child-friendly learning environment, provision of education supplies, sports equipment, and furniture for schools and kindergartens.

The cooperation is a part of a project “Towards greater social cohesion and integration of internally displaced children and their parents in eastern Ukraine”, carried out in five eastern regions of Ukraine – Kharkiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia and government-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk. The project is implemented with financial support from the Federal Republic of Germany in the amount of USD 14 million through Kreditanstalt fuer Wiederaufbau (KFW) bank.

In the framework of the Memorandum UNICEF delivered sports equipment to School #14 of Sievierodonetsk today. In total UNICEF will support 301 schools in five regions. In addition, UNICEF will refurbish and furnish kindergartens to create 7,500 new seats for children. Kindergartens will also receive education supplies, so 13,000 young children will benefit from improved quality of preschool education.

“This memorandum’s true significance is in the day-to-day realities in the lives of the children.  From the chairs in which they sit, to the activities they are engaged in, and the faculty they entrust, children and families must know that they are not alone; they are heard, invaluable, included, and most importantly, resilient,” said Giovanna Barberis, UNICEF Representative in Ukraine. “Feeling free to learn, grow, and develop mold the way children see themselves and their communities. UNICEF believes the way children feel today shapes their actions tomorrow.”

Also as part of this project, UNICEF will expand early intervention service for young children at risk of or with special needs and their families to maximise children’s development opportunities. UNICEF will create new service points for early interventions to strengthen capacities of 400 professionals who already work in the east and to build awareness among parents and caregivers about disabilities and early intervention services. Mobile teams will also reach rural and isolated areas with early intervention services.

At least 20 youth centres in five regions will help 1,300 adolescents implement social projects developed by young people, build leadership, conflict resolution skills and express their opinions through production of multi-media content.

Currently, there are some 3.1 million people in need in Ukraine as a result of the conflict. The vast majority of Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) are hosted in communities which have been heavily affected, including by the destruction of key infrastructure such as water distribution systems and education facilities. Communities in the project regions have shown remarkable solidarity, hosting and supporting people displaced by the conflict.

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About UNICEF

UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

About KfW Development Bank
KfW is one of the world´s leading and most experienced promotional banks. Established in 1948 as a public law institution, KfW is owned 80 per cent by the Federal Republic of Germany and 20 per cent by the federal states (“Länder”). KfW Development Bank is Germany’s leading development bank and an integral part of KfW. It carries out Germany´s Financial Cooperation (FC) with developing countries on behalf of the Federal Government. The 600 personnel at headquarters and about 200 specialists in its 66 local offices cooperate with partners all over the world. Its goal is to combat poverty, secure the peace, protect the environment and the climate and make globalization fair. KfW is a competent and strategic advisor on current development issues.
For more information visit www.kfw‐entwicklungsbank.de

 

 
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